Local and military community say final goodbye to Chicopee Soldier

Hampden County

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Master Sgt. Luis Deleon-Figueroa was laid to rest Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of friends, family and fellow soldiers paid their final respects to Deleon-Figueroa who was killed serving in Afghanistan two weeks ago.

A procession that began at The Jones-Curran Funeral Home in West Springfield ended at The Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.

22News spoke with U.S. Army Brigadier General Harrison Gilliam who came from Fort Brag, North Carolina. He said he was impressed with all the support from the community

“The patriotism in this community is almost overwhelming. It reminds us what we do and why he did what he did and protects the liberties we hold here and the community really reminds us of that,” Gilliam said.

Dozens of people who didn’t even know Master Sergeant Deleon-Figueroa lined the procession route.

One of those people was Korean War Veteran Ernest Lombardi who came to show his respect to a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“I lost my hearing but I’m here and he isn’t, all because it’s the American way and if it weren’t for people like him we may not be here ourselves, he gave his life,” Lombardi said.

Master Sergeant Luis Deleon-Figueroa was a member of the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group also known as the Green Berets.

Those who attended Tuesday’s services said the military is a brotherhood no matter when or where you served.

“It’s very close-knit and you can tell by the community. He loved the community, he loved sports, but he loved being a soldier,” Gilliam said.

Master Sergeant Luis Deleon-Figueroa was 31 years old.


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